During his presentation at Destination D23 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro promised more shows, lands, and characters coming to Disney Parks around the world. He noted the parks will be expanding for the next decade and beyond.
Josh D’Amaro Promises More Parks, Lands
D’Amaro supported these claims throughout the panel, focusing particularly on the Walt Disney World Resort, the host of Destination D23 2023. He announced a number of updated attractions in various stages of development; a new Country Bear Jamboree show titled the “Country Bear Musical Jamboree” and a “Zootopia” overhaul of It’s Tough to Be A Bug in Disney’s Animal Kingdom seem to be quite deep in development, while Walt Disney Imagineering is also working on a Test Track refresh and an “Indiana Jones”-inspired update for DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
D’Amaro also touched on potential expansions around the resort; he brought up the “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” expansion to Magic Kingdom that was initially introduced at D23 2022, with Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Officer Bruce Vaughn sharing that the expansion will be similar in scale to Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and will be the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Imagineering also shared some thoughts on a potential overhaul of Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, sharing that they’re currently in the conceptual stage on a Tropical Americas-themed land featuring characters and imagery from “Encanto” and the aforementioned “Indiana Jones.”
While some of these projects are further along in development than others, they all signal a commitment to expansion and growth, something D’Amaro promised during the Destination D23 panel.